Dr. Greg Pillar is available to the media, universities and other organizations as a speaker or consultant. Request for interviews or consultation with the media can be sent to Lisa Nowak (704.337.2452), Director of Media Relations at Queens University of Charlotte. Schools and organizations that wish to host Dr. Pillar as a speaker or consult may inquire directly.
Areas of Expertise:
- K-12 Science Education
Incorporation of science and critical thinking into K-12 curriculum. Developing and utilizing hands-on activities to inspire students to explore science.
- Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis
Site assessment/analysis and determination of how human activity may impact soil and water resources.
- Fate of Environmental Contaminants
Movement and fate of organic and inorganic contaminants in our environment, specifically soil and water. Development of remediation technologies to address contamination of soil and water resources.
- Agricultural Resource Management
Management of our soil and water resources. Best practices in sustainable agriculture and agroecology.
- Issues in Food and Agriculture
Understanding how our modern food system operates. Identifying issues in our food system (food safety, food security, food culture) and developing approaches to address these issues.
Selected speaking, consulting and media engagements:
- Local Restaurants Feeling Pinch as Food Prices Climb: April 2014
Guest expert on WSOC TV discussing the rising food costs due to environmental, economic and political factors
- Charlotte Area Chemical Dumps Raise Environmental Concerns: February 2014
Guest expert on WCCB-TV discussing the possible contamination of hazardous chemicals in two urban streams used for drinking water
- Queens’ Master of ‘Disaster’: February 2011
Honors course focused on evaluating science in movies/media and developing critical thinking skills profiled in the Sci-Tech section of the Charlotte Observer
- Our Global Food System: Sustainability and the Next pharmacy no rx Food Revolution: August 2010 University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, World View’s Partners’ Workshop
- Local Food is Tasty Business: July 2010
Guest expert on WBTV News Channel 3 segment on local food
- Food for Thought: A Collaborative Effort to Incorporate Food and Agriculture into a Liberal Arts Curriculum: June 2010
co-author paper with J. Braswell, S.W. Henderson, M.S. Harper and D. McGavran. Presented at the 56th Annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Annual Conference, State College, PA
- What’s Really in Your Food?: November 2009
Guest expert on WCNC News Channel 36 segment on food additives
- Revisiting Your Teaching Philosophy: Fall 2008
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) workshop for university faculty, Queens University of Charlotte
- Using Portfolios for Self-Assessment: The Teaching Portfolio: August 2008
Presented at the 2008 Faculty Advance at Queens University of Charlotte in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Selected feedback and comments
“Excellent presentation; backed up with facts and statistics. Presenter was entertaining and
“Such good ideas! The info that Dr. Pillar presented was interesting and thought provoking.
It helped me see ways to bring resources ideas and earth related aspects to share with
“Great Information, very interesting, and applicable to classrooms at higher levels”
“Perfect for AP Environmental Science! Dr. Pillar gave an excellent overview of the very real
challenges facing future generations”
” He could have talked for several hours. Extremely interesting”
“Superb presentation that allows one to focus on how the world must work together globally to
solve the impending global food crisis”
Please see Dr. Pillar’s C.V. for additional speaking engagements and media appearances